Amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Egypt, security forces have forcibly disappeared hundreds of people since the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

"The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry," says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn't want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to, on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

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More Than 100 Dead In China Poultry Plant Blaze

Jun 3, 2013
Originally published on June 3, 2013 8:42 am

A fire at a poultry processing plant fire in northeast China on Monday has killed at least 119 people, according to the Jilin province government. The blaze is one of the country's deadliest industrial accidents in recent years.

Flames broke out a little after 6 a.m. and the sprawling, low-slung plant filled with dark smoke, witnesses said. About 300 workers were inside the facility owned by the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Company in Mishazi Township of Dehui City.

The state-run newspaper Southern Metropolis reports that all but one of the plant's doors were locked at the time. People's Daily, the Communist Party's mouthpiece, said the plant routinely locked doors during work hours to "more conveniently manage workers on a daily-basis."

The plant's complex interior and narrow exits also made rescue more difficult, according to the state-run New China News Service.

If the reports about locked doors turn out to be accurate, Monday's tragedy would recall another incident two decades ago in China that made headlines around the world.

In November 1993, a fire broke out in the Zhili toy factory in the southern Chinese boom town of Shenzhen. Worried about workers stealing toys, factory managers put bars over windows and locked exits. Most of the 87 workers who died were found in heaps in front of the locked exits, according to China Labor Bulletin, a workers' rights organization in Hong Kong.

Worker safety in the developing world has been a big issue of late. More than 1,100 laborers died in a garment factory collapse in Bangladesh on April 24. The government said the factory was poorly constructed and a "disaster waiting to happen."

Chinese labor conditions have been heavily criticized over the years, but officials say worker deaths here have actually declined. The government's latest figures show annual deaths in the mining and industrial sectors dropped below 10,000 for the first time two years ago.

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